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Maggie Carey finishes her ‘To Do List’

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Like many movies on the fringe, Maggie Carey’s comedy “The To Do List” almost didn’t get made. Her script, which was about an overachieving high school grad trying to experience every sexual act she’s ever heard of before college, had been sent to studios on spec, and they all passed. That was until producer Jennifer Todd — who now runs Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s production company — picked it up, got it on the Black List, and helped Carey find financing and attach a cast. Two years after filming the raunchy, ensemble-cast comedy, the movie is out. It stars “Parks and Recreation” cast member Aubrey Plaza, Bill Hader (who is Carey’s husband), and a pack of character actors, from Alia Shawkat (“Arrested Development”) to Jack McBrayer (“30 Rock”).

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